This year’s Macau Grand Prix attracted about 56,000 spectators, which was an increase compared to 2020, Sports Bureau President Pun Weng Kun said at the conclusion of the three-day event.
Pun said that even though the number of spectators was not as high as pre-Covid-19 days he believed that hosting the Grand Prix could promote Macao as a healthy and quality travel destination.
Asked whether it had been worth hosting the Grand Prix, Pun replied that this year’s event was budgeted at MOP 170 million and he believed that the expenses would be within budget. He added that he did not have the numbers for ticket sales, but this year’s event received MOP 33 million from sponsors.
Pun underlined that besides the Formula 1 races, there have only been a few Grand Prix races around the world, stressing that Macao being able to host two Grand Prix events amidst the Covid-19 pandemic meant a lot to the motor-racing industry.
According to Pun, the bureau will now start preparing for the 2022 Grand Prix. He said that whether there will be other races held during Macau’s Grand Prix next year would depend on the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile).
Pun also said that the several drivers who were taken to hospital after being injured during the races were not in a serious condition, adding that some of them had already been discharged, The Macau Post Daily reported.